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Older people - global perspective

Over the next 30 years the number of over-65s is expected to almost double, from 506 million in 2008 to 1.3 billion - a leap from 7% of the world's population to 14%. Already, the number of people in the world 65 and over is increasing at an average of 870,000 each month.
US Census Bureau 2008

Europe is the most rapidly aging continent, with 23 of the world's 25 oldest countries. By 2040, it is estimated that over 1/4 Europeans are expected to be at least 65, and 1/7 at least 75. Meanwhile the UK is ranked 19th in the list of the world's oldest countries.
US Census Bureau 2008

In 1960, the over-65s constituted 10.7% of the UK population. The proportion of over-65-s subsequently rose to 14.9% in 1980 and according to demographic data, is set to rise to 16.4% in 2010 and 25.1% by 2040.
US Census Bureau 2008

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